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Our Foundation is Poured

This is part of a continuing series that journals our new home being built. Sharing our journey and tips we've learned along the way. See all our journal entries.




Runaway Dump Truck - Pouring the Footings

This was a fun day. We arrived first thing in the morning to find the crew busy digging the trench for the footings to be poured later that day.


digging footings for foundation





rebar positioned in footing trench They laid rebar in the trenches to reinforce the concrete. Little by little our house is taking shape.



We had to use a concrete pumping truck to reach the rear of our home's footings. It's quite a truck - I'm asking Santa for one this year! It has a boom that can reach 200 feet straight up or 170 horizontal feet. It takes a little time to get set up as we waited for the concrete trucks to arrive.


concrete pumping truck


The arrival of the dump truck brought new excitement. The driver pulled up to the concrete pumping truck and the driver exited the vehicle. Unbeknownst to him his dump truck started rolling backward. At the bottom of our short hill is a brand new home; the owners had just moved in not long ago.

Mary had been taking video but one, couldn't get any words out to alert the driver, and two didn't start filming. However, the driver must have caught sight of his truck because the next thing we knew he was chasing it down the street. Luckily, he climbed up and jumped in to set the brake. That would have been a viral video for sure if had we filmed it and he wasn't able to stop the truck!

Once things returned to normal they were able to pour the footings upon which the foundation will rest.


concrete footings being poured concrete footings being poured



We were not aware at the time, but we were in for a small surprise.



Foundation Block By Block

Not only did the foundation emerge right before our eyes but we also had a Gomer Pyle moment too!


stacks of concrete blocks for foundation


We arrived about 9:00 a.m. to find a crew hard at work laying out the foundation blocks. The foreman told us he'd have the foundation completed by noon. All hands on deck as the crew laid blocks on top of the footings and the foreman kept a watchful eye on the progress.


crew building residential foundation


Having been through this process before you realize how spatial differences can fool you. What looks small outside is an illusion created by the expanse of the outdoors. What appears to be rather small takes on new visual dimensions once the walls are framed.


residential foundation completed
Foundation Completed




Pouring Concrete

Now that the foundation was laid it was time to pour the garage and shed floors. We are disappointed that in the end, we were not able to get the space we wanted for the woodshop and storage shed.

Things don't always go as expected. We did not have the chance to sign off on the foundation plan before they poured the footings. Had we had that opportunity, we would have at least increased the size of the shed.


garage floor with poured concrete
Garage Floor Poured


You need to be flexible when having a house built or it will drive you up a wall (pun intended). You have to pick your battles wisely and not get consumed with it all - I know that from experience. Have a grateful heart.


storage shed floor with poured concrete
Storage Shed Floor Poured (at least it will have tall inside walls)




Our Gomer Pyle Moment

As we wrote earlier, Mary and I had spent a lot of time cutting trees into logs to use in my woodshop (and as firewood) and then stacking at the back of our lot.


cut logs and stacked as woodpile


As Gomer Pyle would say - Surprise! Surprise! Surprise!

Someone had removed almost half of our wood! Have no idea who did it. The foreman, who was just wrapping up his work, told us that if we left the remaining wood there it would be gone too.


wood pile for woodworking
Rats! Someone Took Our Wood!


As we were standing there contemplating what to do, our new neighbor arrived whom we hadn't yet met. With a quick wave, we introduced ourselves and asked him if we could store the remaining wood on his lot in the green space. Fortunately, he graciously agreed and we moved the pile (in our street clothes) through the mud across our lot and onto the green space near his lot.

Not sure what the moral of this story is but....our saga continues!








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